School councillors play a vital role at Greenhill. They represent the views and wishes of their class and take part in many school-wide events. This year has been no different.
In October, the school council identified which type of after school keep fit club children would like to attend. They surveyed their classmates and organised discussions on the range of possibilities before making a presentation to the Head. Following this, additional energetic clubs were organised and these continue to prove very popular.
A book amnesty was also launched during October. Children were asked to bring in old books in order to re sell them to raise money for further projects. Any books not sold were distributed throughout school to support in-class reading.
Safety was the main issue leading up to Bonfire night. The school council distributed safety posters to each class and asked teachers to take time to reinforce the message surrounding safety during bonfire festivities. Luckily, the message got through with no significant issues for our children.
During the year, representatives bring many issues to weekly meetings. Most of these are resolved through discussions or with some directional support. One of the bigger issues raised was some children not always receiving the school lunches they had ordered. To get to the bottom of this, councillors undertook a survey to find out what was happening. Looking at the evidence, the children identified that a vast majority of children did receive the lunch they ordered. The small number who did not were usually very late arrivals or thought they had chosen a different option. The councillors fed this back to their classmates and checked every now and again if there were any problems. They also suggested that the school dinner menus be published on the website (as they now are).
The Christmas bauble competition took place once again this year in December. Children were able to buy a Christmas tree bauble which they then took home, decorated and then brought back into school and hung onto their allocated Christmas tree. A winner from each year group was chosen by Mrs Reeve and then presented with their own Christmas tree to take home.
During January the School Council initiated a surgery which ran each Friday during the morning playtime. The surgery allowed children to come and talk to other children about any problems they were experiencing in and around school. These sessions were very popular and helped to sort out many problems, especially fallouts between friends.
Last year, the council ran a competition to design a crazy golf course. Creating this turned into a major project which this year's councillors continued. During February, the children wrote to businesses asking for their help in the form of donations of materials. Their letters ere clearly very persuasive as Milford building merchants donated a large quantity of materials to the school.
Children have generously been giving up their own time after school and during the school holidays to begin the mammoth task of building our very own golf course, which is planned to be completed this year.